Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Going square with Circle Circus

Just because the images in the Circle Circus stamp set are circular doesn't mean that you have to use them as circles. Sometimes you just want squares - and you can have them! Look:

This card was made using one of the large stamps in the set. I stamped it four times in Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock then used the small tag punch to cut them out. The top of the tags were snipped off to leave four squares (actually they're not quite squares!) which are mounted onto Bashful Blue card stock. The sentiment was positioned with the stamp-a-majig before adhering the panel to a Whisper White card base with dimensionals. I love the way the flower of the sentiment echoes the flowers in the main images.

Here's another card using square images that I based on this card made by the talented Robyn - I love her cards!

This image is stamped nine times in Brilliant Blue ink on Tempting Turquoise card stock and I love the effect it gives - as if light is shining from behind it. I snipped the circles into squares, which was easy because of the geometrical nature of the design, and mounted them onto a panel of Brilliant Blue card stock with Tombow glue. I positioned the sentiment with my stamp-a-majig before sticking the panel onto the card base.

Stamps: Circle Circus, Tiny Tags (sentiment)
Ink: Real Red
Card stock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Other: Small tag punch

Stamps: Circle Circus, Pocket Silhouettes (sentiment)
Ink: Brilliant Blue
Card stock: Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise
Other: None needed

I hope you've enjoyed seeing Circle Circus go square! Before I leave you, I thought you might like to see the little gifts we took into school yesterday to say thank you to my son's fabulous teachers.

They are beautiful, perfumed mini roses. They're wrapped in brown paper lined with white tissue. The edges of the brown paper were scalloped first with the scallop border punch - an idea borrowed from my lovely friend Caroline who has lots of good ideas! Thanks Caroline! I tied 5/8" grosgrain ribbon round the tops and attached a little tag with elastic thread. Here are some close-ups of the tags:

I used markers to colour the apple stamp from Tart and Tangy, moistened it, then stamped it. The image was punched out using a 1 3/8" circle punch and mounted onto coloured card stock punched out with a 1 3/4" circle punch. The tags were designed to coordinate with these cards from an earlier post.

Well, I've probably rambled on enough now. Are you still there?! And anyway, surely it's time to eat ice-cream... it's the holidays!

I'll be back tomorrow for Three Minute Thursday, my new, weekly series for the time-challenged card maker. Hope to see you then.


  1. Your cards are fab. Your gifts are wonderful. You really are a very thoughtful person. I bet the teachers loved them.
    Lynne xxx

  2. Love them so much! Both look fabulous!

  3. Stunning, stunning circle circus cards Vicky! Love your gifts too - all gorgeous. Hope the ice-cream was good.

  4. Oh, oh, oh... Vicky, I love these -- but especially the first one. Such a great idea to turn those circles into squares!! Great gifts for the teachers, too. Hope you're enjoying your summer break so far!


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